The Henselmans PT Course Certification

Comprehensive, science-based fitness education taught by Menno Henselmans

  • Everything you need to know to advance or start your career as a Personal Trainer.
  • Updated weekly with the latest exercise and nutrition science.
  • Achieve optimal fat loss, muscle growth, strength development and program adherence for yourself and your clients.

The next course start 26 May 2023. Secure your spot by signing up for the presale list above.

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Science-based and up-to-date

Are you looking for robust, evidence-based information?

The Henselmans PT Course will teach you how to become an evidence-based fitness professional. All of the materials in the course are supported with hyperlinks to the scientific articles, just like in the articles on this site but better.

Thanks to our online format, we can keep the course updated weekly with the latest scientific findings, and even some yet unpublished data from our research team. You won't be learning from a textbook written 5 years ago.

"I have never taken a course that used so much science and research to back up all of their advice. Everything taught is backed not only by 100s of research studies but also be 100s of clients and personal examples. Amazing course."

- Devin Ford - Owner, 15th ranked CrossFitter in the world

"I found the Henselmans PT course to be exceptional. The vast amount of science based and researched information presented by Menno in the course was above and beyond what one would expect."

Dr. Larry Feinman, DC, CSCS

Learn from Menno Henselmans directly

You will learn Menno's full coaching approach

The course costs $100 less than Menno's hourly consultation rate (299 USD) and Menno will answer all of your questions in the Facebook discussion group and live Q&A sessions.

Menno will host multiple live video Q&A sessions. You will also have unlimited access to Menno's inbox for private questions.

"There’s so much information and Menno manages to be very objective, direct and honest throughout his course. Not showing us merely HIS method, but rather giving us all the information and means to find more information so that we can find our own method."

- Lisa Marie

"I am blown away with Menno’s knowledge and his commitment to this course to help all his students become better at what they do."

- Michal Palus

A complete and extremely comprehensive course

Do you find other courses are lacking, dated or missing depth?

We cover more than most courses. This course will take you from the basics to expert level knowledge.

You will learn everything you need to help others lose fat, build muscle and live a healthier lifestyle. We’ll also extensively go into food choices for optimal health, diet adherence and many more niche topics: contest prep, tanning, sleep optimization, stress management, getting rid of acne, pregnancy and much more.

Check out the table of contents.

"One of the best courses out there"

I have been a PT for 6 years and am always looking to further my knowledge, I have done many courses, mentor ships and further learning.

The Henselmans PT course was incredible with comprehensive information about probably every question and query you will ever need to know as a PT. 10/10 would recommend"

- Cameron Lodge

Looking to advance or kick-start your career as a Personal Trainer?

You will learn how to apply the science for maximum real-life results in your clients. With our PT toolkits, ready-to-send client guides and case studies, you'll be ready to help any client achieve their goals.

Pregnant or elderly clients, powerlifters, physique competitors, we cover it all.

We also teach you how to do your own research and set up your business with data-driven marketing techniques.

Many of our students have done multiple courses and say it's the most valuable investment in their career as a personal trainer.

Official certification

If you pass the online exam at the end of the 9-month course, you become an official Henselmans Certified Personal Trainer. You'll receive a physical certificate via First Class Royal Mail.

Menno Henselmans

About the founder and course host

A former business consultant specialized in advanced statistical data analysis, the best decision of my life was trading my company car to follow my passion in fitness.

I now help serious strength trainees get the most out of their physique with my online coaching, international public speaking events and scientific publications.
  • BSc magna cum laude, MSc with distinction
  • MPA Award winning model & WBFF Fitness Model Competitor
  • International public speaker for i.a. BodyPower, the Norwegian Academy for Personal Training (AFPT) and the Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Association
  • Review author in Sports Medicine, the highest impact factor journal in exercise science & peer-reviewer for the Journal of Human Kinetics
  • Board member of the Institute of Nutrition and Fitness Sciences (INFS), India, and FitZonderFabels, the Netherlands, and advisory board member of Legion Athletics, USA

How does the course work?

Watch this short introduction to the course by Menno Henselmans

Every week we will post one or several modules of the course in the course Facebook group. In the comments below this post we will discuss that module during the week. 

To roughly summarize the course, the first part of the course deals with nutrition, the second part with exercise science and then several miscellaneous topics are discussed.

The course is fully online, flexible and part-time, so you can follow it alongside your work or studies.

Download the PDF now to see an overview of all course contents and learn more about how the course works.

Table of contents

Looking to advance and broaden your knowledge?

We cover more than most courses. In 9 months we cover everything from A to Z, in great detail.

To roughly summarize the course, the first part of the course deals with nutrition, the second part with exercise science and then several miscellaneous topics are discussed.

Week 1: How to learn, think and do your own research

How to learn, think and do your own research

  • How to study for optimal comprehension and retention 
  • How to find and read scientific papers
  • Understanding statistics
  • Improving your logical reasoning skills

Biochemistry 101 

  • How the body produces energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats

Week 2 & 3: Human Metabolism and Optimizing energy intake

Human metabolism

  • What is energy? Thermodynamics and energy balance
  • Determinants of energy expenditure, refeeds, set-point theory, metabolic
    damage, adaptive thermogenesis, reverse dieting and the yo-yo effect

Optimizing energy intake

  • Cutting, bulking and body recomposition
  • How to optimize nutrient partitioning
  • How to estimate body fat percentage
  • Macro tracking: common pitfalls
  • How to measure progression and body composition

Week 4: Protein requirements and protein timing

Protein requirements

  • Protein quality
  • Vegetarians
  • Gender, PEDs, training volume
  • Surplus vs. deficit

Protein timing

  • Protein absorption limits
  • The anabolic window, fasted training & workout nutrition
  • Protein synching
  • Meal frequency

Week 5: Carbohydrates


  • Types: simple vs. complex, GI, GL, II, fructose
  • Glycogen
  • Requirements per type of exercise
  • Carbohydrate timing
  • Effects on muscle growth
  • Dietary fiber
  • Carbohydrate tolerance

Week 6: Dietary fat

Dietary fat

  • Types: lipids, triglycerides, fatty acids
  • Health effects and functions of the different fatty acids
  • Cholesterol metabolism, health effects and optimal dietary intake
  • Brown fat
  • Effects on hormone production
  • Optimal intake for muscle growth

Week 7: Ketogenic dieting

Ketogenic dieting

  • Ketosis levels, starvation mode and net carbohydrate intakes
  • Keto-adaptation and the keto flu
  • Effects on health, metabolism, appetite, performance and protein balance
  • Cyclical and targeted ketogenic dieting
  • Measuring ketosis
  • MCTs and exogenous ketones
  • Who is it for? Indications and contraindications
  • Implementation
  • Live video Q&A

Week 8: Fasting and circadian rhythm effects

Fasting and circadian rhythm effects

  • Intermittent fasting & alternate day fasting
  • Protein sparing modified fasting
  • Circadian rhythm effects: timing considerations for the macronutrients
  • Carb backloading
  • Interaction effects between carbs and fats

Week 9: Lifestyle factors

Lifestyle factors

  • Circadian rhythm control
  • How to optimize sleep quality
  • How to manage stress
  • How to effortlessly increase your activity level

Week 10: Beyond macros: micronutrition

Beyond macros: micronutrition

  • Likely deficiencies
  • Bloodwork
  • Multivitamins: problems and benefits
  • The functions of each micronutrient related to fat loss, muscle growth and performance
  • How to fill in your micros

Week 11: Health science and food choices

Health science and food choices

  • What makes a diet healthy?
  • Effects of food processing: heating, freezing, blending
  • Organic, wild and grass-fed
  • Low calorie sweeteners, sugar and dietary fiber
  • Food choices for health and anabolism: Meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs,
  • grains, wheat, gluten, soy, coffee, fruits, vegetables, chocolate, coconut,
  • nuts, alcohol
  • Detox diets
  • FODMAPs and digestive health
  • How to recover from illness

Week 12: Ad libitum dieting: how to lose fat and gain muscle without tracking your macros

Ad libitum dieting: how to lose fat and gain muscle without tracking your macros

  • How to estimate diet satiety
  • Physiological vs. psychological regulation of hunger: eating speed, social
    effects, decision fatigue, sensory-specificity, portion size, biorhythm
    effects, exercise, sleep, body composition, palatability, meal frequency,
  • Hunger management strategies

Week 13: Contest prep & peak week 

Contest prep and the peak week

  • Physique sports divisions 
  • Carbloading
  • Electrolyte manipulation
  • Diuretics and water cutting
  • ‘Shitloading’
  • Posing

Week 14: Beauty


  • Acne 
  • Tanning
  • Cellulite
  • Hair loss
  • Dandruff

Week 15: Supplements, hormones and drugs

Supplements: a complete guide to every supplement worth knowing

Hormones and drugs

  • Gender-specific regulation of sex hormones
  • Interpreting bloodwork
  • AAS: risk-reward and how to manage the side-effects

Week 16: Nutrition case studies

Nutrition case studies

Live video Q&A

This marks the end of the nutrition part of the course. From here, we’ll go into training
topics and then at the end miscellaneous topics.

Week 17: Muscle anatomy & understanding muscle growth and strength

Muscle anatomy and contraction

Understanding muscle growth & strength

  • mTOR, MPS, satellite cells, myonuclei, metabolic stress, muscle damage,
    hyperplasia, sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, GAS
  • Systemic and local growth regulation: structural balance theory
  • Strength vs. size & functional training

Week 18: Cardio for fat loss

Cardio for fat loss

  • The fat burning zone
  • Fasted cardio
  • Estimating energy expenditure per activity
  • NEAT compensation
  • EPOC
  • How to mitigate the interference effect
  • HIIT vs. LISS

Week 19: Program design fundamentals

Program design fundamentals 

  • Training intensity
  • Effects on fatigue, connective tissue and the nervous system
  • Strength vs. size
  • The muscle-specific hypertrophy method

Training volume

  • How to estimate recovery capacity
  • How to optimize training volume based on recovery capacity

Training frequency

  • Interaction with volume
  • Effects on recovery capacity
  • How often should you train each muscle?

Week 20: Program customization

Program customization

  • DNA testing
  • Maximum muscular potential and muscular balance
  • Work capacity

Week 21: Fitness for woman, the elderly and youth

Fitness for women

  • Gender differences
  • Contraception
  • Pregnancy
  • Menstrual periodization
  • Breast implants

Fitness for the elderly and youth

  • Sarcopenia
  • Anabolic resistance

Week 22: Muscle functional anatomy: a visual guide

Muscle functional anatomy: a visual guide

  • Ab training and spot reduction

Week 23 & 24: Exercise selection

Exercise selection

  • Muscle functional anatomy: a visual guide
  • What makes an exercise effective for muscle growth?
  • Free weights vs. machines
  • Compound vs. isolation exercises
  • Accommodating resistance: biomechanics, bands and chains
  • Recommended exercises and technique guide
  • Counting volume: how much does a certain exercise stimulate a certain
  • Synergistic exercise selection: functional differentiation and how many
    exercises you should do per muscle

Week 25: Exercise technique & cueing

Exercise technique & cueing

  • The mind-muscle connection
  • Strength vs. size

Repetition tempo

Week 26: How to structure your workouts

How to structure your workouts

  • Rest intervals
  • Active recovery
  • Exercise ordering
  • Circuit training, (antagonistic) supersets and paired sets
  • Live video Q&A

Week 27: Periodization and progression

Periodization and progression

  • Progressive overload and progression models
  • What is fatigue?
    Cybernetic/autoregulatory, undulating and linear periodization
  • Benchmarking and autoregulation
  • Overtraining, overreaching and deloading

Week 28: Training to failure & advanced strength training techniques

Training to failure

Advanced strength training techniques

  • Forced reps and drop sets
  • RPEs and velocity monitoring
  • Reverse pyramiding, cluster sets and myo-reps
  • Weighted stretching
  • Eccentric overloading
  • Post-activation potentiation
  • KAATSU/blood flow restriction training

Week 29 & 30: Stretching, postural correction, warming up & injury management


Postural correction

Warming up

Injury management

  • Injury diagnosis, treatment and active recovery
  • Pain science
  • Ice vs. heat, NSAIDs and RICE
  • Rehabilitative equipment: braces, sleeves, tape
  • Foam rolling and massage
  • Chiropractic
  • Common injuries of each body part and how to treat them

Week 31: Training gear

Training gear

  • Weightlifting belts
  • Footwear: what to wear in the gym
  • Knee wraps
  • Lifting straps

Week 32: Powerlifting


  • Strength vs. size program design
  • Peaking & tapering
  • Powerlifting technique
  • Selecting a competition

Week 33: Training program case studies & Live Q&A

Training program case studies

Live video Q&A

Week 34: The psychology of how to stick to your diet and exercise program

Adherence: the psychology of how to stick to your diet and exercise program

  • Psychological effects of nutrition
  • Willpower
  • The psychology of coaching
  • Blood sugar
  • Calorie cycling
  • Goal setting
  • Cheat meals
  • Diet breaks
  • Social eating events
  • How to deal with social pressure
  • Food cravings
  • Flexible dieting and meal planning
  • Assessing client adherence and motivation

Week 35: How to create a successful PT business




Week 36: Exam - Henselmans PT Course

Show off your hard earned skills.

If you pass the online exam at the end of the 9-month course, you become an official Henselmans Certified Personal Trainer. You'll receive a physical certificate via First Class Royal Mail.

It’s an open-book exam that takes place via online software also used by Yale University. The Latin Honors system is used for grading and this will be printed on your hard-copy certificate.

Click here for more info about the exam.

Supported by science, tested in the trenches

We make sure you can apply the theory in multiple ways.

  • You'll see real-world case studies of Menno's client, including international level competitors.
  • Video lectures with the most important points will aid your learning journey.
  • Complicated theoretical sections are followed by practical take-home messages.
  • You'll get a PT Toolkit to do the more complicated math for you.
  • You'll get ready-to-send guides for various topics to send to your clients.
  • Over the course you'll learn to build a full program step by step

"With a high focus on the practical application, the course will also guide you through the most important part of a PT job - the practical approach."

- Cosmin Tanase

Extensive exercise library

You'll learn the correct exercise technique for any exercise you should ever need, along with a written description and at least one video per exercise that you can directly send to your clients to teach them.

Build your business & join the alumni network

Looking to start or further a fitness business of your own? We show you how every step of the way, from client acquisition, advertising, email marketing, social media to long-term relationship management.

Your business will also be featured in our directory of active Henselmans Certified PTs.

After the course, you'll gain access to the alumni community to network with hundreds of like-minded people.


Check out hundreds of uncencored reviews on our review pageFacebook and Trustpilot.

"Menno's course is the best money you can spend in your life and not just if you want to become a PT. He will educate you not only about training and nutrition but also psychology. Menno is always available to answer all your questions. He is passionate about this and he gives you 10x value more than what you pay for it.

I am currently recommending this to all my friends!"

- Dr. Alessandro Ferrari, PhD in biochemistry, PT and author at

"If you are looking to get huge value for your money, obtain an insane amount of practical knowledge in a short time and learn the exact tools on how to get clients progressing at their maximal potential, then this is the course you're looking for!

Want to take your PT game straight to professional levels? Stop wasting time and take this damn course! You'll thank yourself later down the road for saving you years of frustration, time and money. Seriously, the things you learn here will last you a lifetime."

- Lars Desmet, Personal trainer, competitive powerlifter and owner of Lars Desmet PT

"The depth of the material goes beyond anything you will find in the current literature or typical PT courses offered. If you are at all interested in furthering your knowledge with an evidence based approach.You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!"

- Børge A. Fagerli, Creator of Myo-reps & the Biorythym Diet, Owner of

Joe Flaherty Henselmans PT course review

"You don't simply get a few bullet points that say "do this, don't do that" each week; when you finish a unit, you know exactly what to tailor in a given context, and you have the ammo to confidently explain to you client (or fellow bro) why you're doing what you're doing.

If you have any hesitations about taking this course: don't. You will not be disappointed, and your clients (and your own physique!) will be forever grateful. 5 stars doesn't do it justice!""

- Joe Flaherty, Certified Henselmans PT, owner of

"The Henselmans PT course is really in a class of its own. The course materials, open dialogue, and design are fantastic. I find myself going back to the course documents quite often to refresh my memory. From macros to food choices to supplements the Henselmans PT course has everything you need.

My most recent cut has been infinitely easier thanks to some of the things I learned during the PT course."

- Matthew van Shellenbeck, CPA

“Having been in the fitness industry for 10 years, the Henselmans PT Course has been by far the best course I have completed, both for quality and quantity of information and value for money.

I would (and have) highly recommend this course to any trainers in the fitness industry. I feel my knowledge has increased drastically, but more importantly, my ability to think critically and apply the information has improved markedly too.

Menno is a fantastic educator and I am looking forward to doing this course again next time.”

- Paul Stevenson, Personal trainer

"Menno's PT course was one of the best investment choices I have made for my continuing education.

Each topic in the syllabus is covered thoroughly and he has both anecdotal evidence and research to back up his principles and methods.

If the course topics look interesting to you, definitely sign up!"

- Zach Moore, MA, CSCS, USAW, Pn2, Personal Trainer; Coach and Research Coordinator at Precision Nutrition

Satisfaction guarantee

Don't agree with the 99% satisfied students? You can leave the course at any time and stop paying.

If you want to stop the course for any reason, send an email to that you want to leave the course and leave the course group on Facebook. We'll then cancel your subscription within 5 business days.

You only have to pay for months for which you've received any materials. You will be refunded for any other future months if you had already paid in advance. There is no refund for the months you have already received any contents of. If you register, pay and cancel before the course starts, we will charge a $50 USD administrative fee to prevent abuse and cover our costs.




  • Payment options include paying monthly in 9 installments, or upfront via Paypal or bank transfer. Payments start on the date you sign up.
  • Don't agree with the 99% satisfied students? You can leave the course at any time and stop paying (see the exact terms above).
  • Enroll with 3+ PTs of the same gym and you all get a $398 discount. Bigger group discounts are negotiable via
  • Declare the course as a business expense and save a lot of tax money.

Monthly payments


USD / month

9 monthly payments



1699 USD

Pay in full and save $92,-

When does the next course start?

The next course start on:

26 May 2023

Sign up for the pre-sale list below to get notified when the next course opens up for registrations.

We will send you more information once you can enroll for the course.

We have limited spots. Secure your spot by signing up for the presale list.

Frequently asked questions

Now isn't the right time for me. When does the next course start?

The course starts roughly once a year. The next courses will start on 26 May 2023 and 23 February 2024.

We will update this page once the next date is known, but the best way to stay up-to-date is to sign up for the presale list. We will send you more information once you can enroll for the course. You will be able to enroll before anyone else.

What's the price of the course?

If you pay in full for the entire course you will receive a $92,- discount and pay $1699. You can also choose our monthly payment plan and pay in 9 monthly payments of $199,- a month. 

How does the exam work?

The exam is conducted online at the end of the course and consists of an open-book exam, exercise technique checks and 2 case studies. The pass rate is ~97%.

For details,
download the course outline.

What grade do I need to pass the exam?

After the exam, we’ll anonymously grade all the answers and you get a Latin grade based on your percentage of points achieved from the possible total assigned:

  • 0-39%: fail 
  • 40-79%: pass
  • 80-84%: cum laude
  • 85-94%: magna cum laude
  • 95-100%: summa cum laude

You will also have to submit exercise technique video's. Each exercise technique video with improper form imposes a 25% point penalty. 

The pass rate is ~97%. There are no resists. The passing score of 40% may seem low, but we work with negative grading to offset points achieved by guessing, e.g. a 10-point multiple choice question with 4 options has a 10 / 4 = 2.5-point penalty for wrong answers. So randomly guessing each answer nets you an average expected score of 0% 

How does the payment process work?

Once the registrations open up, you will be able to pay in full with a discount, or choose a nine month payment plan. 

You can pay with paypal or bank transfer. If you choose to pay with paypal, you will be transfered to a secure Paypal checkout to finish your registration. Note: If you choose monthly payments, the first payment will start when you register.

 If you choose bank transfer, You will receive an invoice from our administration within 72 hours. 

If you have any questions about payments, you can contact us at

How much time will the course require?

The course is designed to be doable part-time, so you can follow it alongside your work or studies. However, it will require a serious time commitment, such as in the evenings or in the weekends.

At a minimum, you should have one free evening per week and multiple days before the exam to review the materials. On average, students tell us they need ~6-8 hours a week for studying. There are dedicated weeks in which you can catch up in case you fall behind.

If you don’t get around to studying all the materials before the exam, you have the option to postpone the exam to the next course round.

Not interested in the certification? Then feel free to work through everything at your own pace.

Do I have to be present at specific times?

No, we have students from all over the world, so all materials can be downloaded and studied at your own convenience, including live sessions and the optional physical meet-up (recording of the relevant parts).

The only hard deadline is the exam at the end, for those that want to get certified.

I'm going on vacation during the course period. Can I still follow the course?

Sure, many people have a holiday sometime during the course. You can follow the course at your own pace. That said, most people have found that they benefit from keeping up with the group.

In principle, it’s exactly like following a part-time online college degree.

I'm unsure about my knowledge. Do I need any minimum education?

No, the course covers every topic from A to Z. Of course, if you don’t know what carbohydrates or repetitions are, you’ll have to invest more time to learn everything than others.

Do I have to be a fitness professional to join the course?

No, many non-professionals have already followed the course purely for the sake of self-improvement and personal education. Take a look at our reviews to see what they have to say. After the course, you can be your own coach!

You don’t even have to take the exam if you don’t care about becoming certified.

Will I keep lifetime access to the material after the course?

Yes, you will keep access to the material. However, because we update the course regularly, some links might not work after a while. We recommend you download all files to your computer or cloud.

I have time now, can I start early or work ahead?

No, the materials are constantly updated based on the latest science and student feedback. They are only finalized just before they are published in the course, so only then can you access them.

We also structured the course deliberately at a certain pace to optimize your educational experience.

Can I get all the material at once?

It's not possible to get all the material at once. 

Will I get lifetime updates?

You will keep access to the course materials from your round. If you'd like access to the updated materials from future rounds you can enroll again and you'll get a major discount: 6 months free if you sign up for the very next course or 5 months free if you sign up for any course thereafter.

Many students choose to take the course every few rounds to stay up-to-date with the latest science.

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